Funeral for slain Lakewood officer Thursday

DENVER — A funeral for a Lakewood police officer killed in the line of duty last week has been set for Thursday.

Officer Jim Davies, a father, a husband and a six-year veteran of the Lakewood police force, was accidentally shot Friday around 1:30 a.m. while reporting to a shooting.

In the midst of all the confusion, fellow officer Devaney Braley, mistakenly thought Davies was an armed suspect and shot him.

Questions about the shooting remain including why Braley opened fire.

Davies was in the backyard of a home in Edgewater as police were securing it after arrested three people in connection to a random shooting.

“Officer Davies was in one yard, I believe the backyard of that house,” said police spokesman Steve Davis said in a press conference following the shooting. “There were other officers on the other side of the fence and he was accidentally mistaken as an assailant with a gun.”

FOX31 Denver has learned Braley was involved in an officer-involved shooting two years ago that killed Dino Velarde, 24. At the time Braley said Velarde had a gun and pointed it at him. Braley was cleared in that shooting.

Felicia Garcia, Veldarde’s brother told FOX31 he thinks Braley acted rashly.

“It was a matter of time. He’s too quick to shoot,” Garcia said. “He was going to do it again. It’s just this way he did it to his fellow officer.”

According to his Linked in profile, Devaney Braley is an 11-year veteran of the Lakewood Police Department. He has his master’s degree from Colorado State University, and those who know him best call him D.J.

“Behind this horrible tragedy is an amazing man,” said one of Braley friends, who spoke anonymously with us over the phone. “beyond and before the badge, D.J. Is honestly one of the most kind, most gentle people that I’ve ever met, and that anyone could ever meet.”

“And I know i speak for many of D.J.’s friends in saying that we love and support him unconditionally.”

Davies funeral is scheduled for Thursday at 10 a.m., and is being held at Denver First Church of the Nazarene in Englewood.

A procession will then take place that will wind through Englewood and Lakewood from the church to the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. It is estimated that the procession will leave the church somewhere between 11:30 a.m. and noon.  A Google map of the procession’s route is below: